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Doc Society to Take Charge of New BFI Documentary Fund

13.12.2017

Doc Society, formerly Britdoc, has been named as delivery partner for the new BFI Documentary Fund which will support documentary filmmakers across the UK based on its annual funds of up to one million GBP granted by the National Lottery. In collaboration with BFI NETWORK, Doc Society will back progressive and creative filmmaking while also offering dedicated non-fiction talent development.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017)
from BFI's Film Fund slate

According to a recent news release by the British Film Institute (BFI), Doc Society will be the official delivery partner for the BFI Documentary Fund. Fulfilling a commitment outlined in the BFI’s five year strategy plan, the fund will offer support to documentary filmmakers from across the whole of the UK, including dedicated support for new and emerging filmmakers as part of BFI NETWORK. Awarded up to £1m of National Lottery funding a year until March 2022, Doc Society will open the fund and support programme in early 2018.

Sandra Whipham, Director, Doc Society, said in a statement: “We are thrilled with this partnership with the BFI and the opportunity it gives us to enable brilliant British documentary films to shine on an international stage. What excites us most is that it will also give us the means to spot, develop and nurture new British documentary talent in a strategic and meaningful way.”

Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund, says: “Documentaries have always been a deeply integral aspect of our work, and we believe that partnering with Doc Society is an opportunity to advance UK documentary film and filmmakers. Doc Society have a zeal for the form which is energising, they have shown a clear ability to unlock alternative financing sources, as well as impressive national and international reach. We are also thrilled to be able to deliver more structured opportunities for new and emerging documentary talent through Doc Society working closely with BFI NETWORK.”

The BFI Film Fund slate includes a number of critically acclaimed and internationally successful documentaries including James Spinney and Peter Middleton’s Notes on Blindness, Lucy Cohen’s BFI London Film Festival award-winner Kingdom of Us, Louise Osmond’s Dark Horse and Sophie Fiennes’ Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, as well as anticipated titles such as Tim Travers Hawkins’ upcoming XY Chelsea. The BFI Documentary Fund partnership with Doc Society promises to build on that success by providing dedicated and experienced support to discover, develop and finance interesting new documentaries.


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